Discussion in 'Wikileaks' started by Anonymous, Jun 8, 2012.
Has he been sold down the fjord by someone or wtf?
Something's not quite right here.
Thank you for sharing your astute observation.
protect him from ruskis and pollonium?
Julian Assange has been charged, prosecutors reveal inadvertently in court filing
By Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett, The Washington Post, November 15, 2018
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing — a development that could significantly advance the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and have major implications for those who publish government secrets.
The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Assange. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urging a judge to keep the matter sealed, wrote that “due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.” Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would “need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested.”
Dwyer is also assigned to the WikiLeaks case. People familiar with the matter said what Dwyer was disclosing was true, but unintentional.
Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia said, “The court filing was made in error. That was not the intended name for this filing.”
An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment.
Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia have long been investigating Assange and, in the Trump administration, had begun taking a second look at whether to charge members of the WikiLeaks organization for the 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents that the anti-secrecy group published. Investigators also had explored whether WikiLeaks could face criminal liability for the more recent revelation of sensitive CIA cybertools.
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III also has explored WikiLeaks’ publication of emails from the Democratic National Committee and the account of Hillary Clinton’s then-campaign chairman, John D. Podesta. Officials have alleged that the emails were hacked by Russian spies and transferred to WikiLeaks.
Mueller also has been exploring, among other things, communications between the group and associates of President Trump, including political operative Roger Stone and commentator and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.
In July, Mueller’s office charged 12 Russian military spies with conspiring to hack DNC computers, stealing the organization’s data and publishing the files in an effort to disrupt the election, and referred in an indictment to WikiLeaks, described only as “Organization 1,” as the platform the Russians used to release the stolen emails.
A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.
It was not immediately clear what charges Assange would face. In the past, prosecutors had contemplated pursuing a case involving conspiracy, theft of government property or violating the Espionage Act. But whether to charge the WikiLeaks founder was hardly a foregone conclusion. In the Obama administration, the Justice Department had concluded that pursuing Assange would be akin to prosecuting a news organization. In the Trump administration, though, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions had taken a more aggressive stance and vowed to crack down on all government leaks.
Barry J. Pollack, one of Assange’s attorneys, said, “The only thing more irresponsible than charging a person for publishing truthful information would be to put in a public filing information that clearly was not intended for the public and without any notice to Mr. Assange. Obviously, I have no idea if he has actually been charged or for what, but the notion that the federal criminal charges could be brought based on the publication of truthful information is an incredibly dangerous precedent to set.”
The filing in the Eastern District of Virginia came Aug. 22 in a case that combines national security and sex trafficking. Seitu Sulayman Kokayi, 29, was charged with enticing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him and send him pornographic images of herself. But he was detained in part because he “has a substantial interest in terrorist acts,” according to the court filing.
His father-in-law, according to the filing, has been convicted of terrorist acts. The case involves previously classified information, according to government filings, and prosecutors plan to use information obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Kokayi was indicted last week and is set to be arraigned Friday morning.
The case had been sealed until early September, though by itself it attracted little notice. On Thursday evening, Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, who is known for scrubbing court filings, joked about the apparent error on Twitter — which first brought it to the attention of reporters.
Even if he is charged, Assange’s coming to the United States to face trial is no sure thing. Since June 2012, Assange has been living in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, afraid that if he steps outside he will be arrested.
When he first sought asylum in the embassy, he was facing possible extradition to Sweden in a sex crimes case. He has argued that case was a pretext for what he predicted would be his arrest and extradition to the United States.
In the years since, the Swedish case has been closed, but Assange has said he cannot risk leaving the embassy because the United States would attempt to have him arrested and extradited for disclosures of U.S. government secrets. Throughout that time, the United States has refused to say whether there are any sealed charges against Assange.
If Assange were to leave the embassy and be arrested by British authorities, he would likely still fight extradition in the British courts.
U.S. prosecutors fight effort to unseal Assange charges | Associated Press
Federal prosecutors are fighting a request to unseal an apparent criminal complaint against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
In papers filed Monday in Alexandria, prosecutors argue that the public has no right to know whether a person has been charged until there has been an arrest. Assange has been staying in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London under a grant of asylum and has long expressed fear of a U.S. prosecution.
Free-press advocates asked a judge to unseal charges against Assange after prosecutors inadvertently mentioned those charges in an unrelated case.
Prosecutors acknowledge the mistake in Monday's court filing but refuse to say whether the error is confirmation Assange has actually been charged.
The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported that Assange is indeed facing unspecified charges under seal.
Journalist Wins WikiLeaks FOIA Appeal Case
U.K. police will have to disclose documents about WikiLeaks journalists
By David Gilmour, The Daily Dot, December 18, 2018
London police will be forced to reveal the existence of communications between U.K. and U.S. law enforcement about WikiLeaks editors after investigative journalist Stefania Maurizi won an important tribunal appeal on Tuesday.
Maurizi, who works for Italian newspaper La Repubblica and is a media partner for WikiLeaks, has used freedom of information (FOIA) requests for several years to acquire information held by governments and law enforcement about the transparency organization and its founder Julian Assange.
The journalist brought a challenge against the London police department after its decision to neither confirm or deny shared correspondence in response to one of her FOIA requests.
Maurizi sought the disclosure of information held about editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, current editor Joseph Farrell, and former editor Sarah Harrison.
On Tuesday, Hrafnsson praised the appeal ruling as an “important first step” and “an important example for journalists in FOIA cases.”
In legal arguments, the journalist made the case that it was in the public interest whether law enforcement had communicated with U.S. authorities about Farrell and Harrison, in particular, who are British citizens.
Between 2012 and 2015, the Met spent more than $16 million policing and surveilling the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange has resided there, fearing extradition to the U.S.
In 2014, WikiLeaks staffers learned that a court in Virginia ordered Google to hand over their personal data, emails, contacts and IP addresses, part of a long-running investigation into the organization. Maurizi was digging into the same investigation.
“We want to know what role the British government and the British police are playing in that process, now that we know that information subpoenaed from these British journalists and editors likely contributed to the criminal investigation in the U.S. and the indictment of Julian Assange,” Maurizi’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson said in November.
After the victory on Tuesday, the police have until Jan. 14 to hand over the relevant records.
German lawmakers meet Julian Assange in London | Germany | Deutsche Welle
Two German parliamentarians have become Julian Assange's first visitors in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since March. The Left party members say the WikiLeaks founder must be protected from extradition to the US.
Two members of the German parliament, the Bundestag, visited Julian Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London on Thursday to pass on their "greetings of solidarity from the [opposition] Left party and his many supporters from Germany," and to discuss the possibility of a "humanitarian solution" to the WikiLeaks founder's legal situation.
Sevim Dagdelen and Heike Hänsel, who also sit on the Bundestag's foreign affairs committee, traveled to London as Ecuador increases the pressure to end Assange's six-year stay in the embassy.
"He was really happy to see us, he hugged us tightly when we left," Dagdelen told DW after the hourlong meeting, which she said was his first visit from parliamentarians in at least eight months. "It was obvious that he was happy about our visit."
Distrust and uncertainty
Assange is currently suing the Ecuadorean authorities to improve these conditions. "This is all evidence that his life is being made difficult in his asylum," she said. "Nowhere in the western world is there a journalist who has been detained like this. I have never seen a case of someone with asylum being forbidden from expressing their opinions. This is not acceptable under international law. So I think Europe must act in this situation."
Though Assange was granted Ecuadorean citizenship in December 2017, his relations with the government are often fraught. His internet access was temporarily cut off in 2016 because WikiLeaks had released documents "impacting on the US election campaign."
These were believed to include the transcripts of speeches presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made to Goldman Sachs as well as personal emails by Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.
Continued at https://www.dw.com/en/german-lawmakers-meet-julian-assange-in-london/a-46817899
WikiLeaks' Official and Legal Team's Twitter Accounts are Locked | The Daily Dot
Several official Twitter accounts affiliated with WikiLeaks, its legal teams, and its public relations efforts were reported frozen and suddenly inaccessible on Thursday by the transparency organization’s editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson.
Hrafnsson flagged the situation publicly via his own Twitter account, explaining that the accounts “cannot be accessed and new tweets posted.”
WikiLeaks and @AssangeDefence twitter accounts down for more then 24 hrs now. No explanations from the company. We need some answers @jack, @kcoleman, @MikeConvertino— Kristinn Hrafnsson (@khrafnsson) December 20, 2018These accounts are locked @wikileaks @assangedefence @wltaskforce @assangelegal and cannot be accessed. They also seem to have been shadow banned. Should we be worried in these critical times?— Kristinn Hrafnsson (@khrafnsson) December 20, 2018In addition to being locked out, both @wikileaks and @wltaskforce were failing to appear in the platform’s ‘search all’ drop-down results.
Continued at https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/wikileaks-official-twitter-accounts-frozen/
Julian Assange launches legal challenge against Trump administration
WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers file urgent application in attempt to prevent extradition to US
By Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, January 23, 2019
Julian Assange, the fugitive WikiLeaks founder whose diplomatic sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy appears increasingly precarious, is launching a legal challenge against the Trump administration.
Lawyers for the Australian activist have filed an urgent application to the Washington-based Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) aimed at forcing the hand of US prosecutors, requiring them to “unseal” any secret charges against him.
The legal move is an attempt to prevent Assange’s extradition to the US at a time that a new Ecuadorian government has been making his stay in the central London apartment increasingly inhospitable.
He has been staying in the Knightsbridge flat, which houses the embassy, since 2012 when he fled extradition proceedings at the UK’s supreme court. Swedish prosecutors have since dropped their request to extradite him to Stockholm over a rape investigation.
If he were to walk out on to the street, Assange is likely to face contempt of court charges for fleeing British justice. His chief fear, however, is that once arrested, the US authorities would begin fresh extradition proceedings against him alleging security offences.
It is believed American prosecutors have been investigating Assange since at least 2011, when a grand jury hearing was opened into the whistleblowing website’s publication of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables, in conjunction with a number of international newspapers including the Guardian.
The IACHR monitors human rights in the Americas and hears appeals on individual cases. The Trump administration, however, has boycotted its recent hearings.
The 1,172-page submission by Assange’s lawyers calls on the US to unseal any secret charges against him and urges Ecuador to cease its “espionage activities” against him.
Baltasar Garzón, the prominent Spanish judge who has pursued dictators, terrorists and drug barons, is the international coordinator of Assange’s legal team. He has said the case involves “the right to access and impart information freely” that has been put in “jeopardy”.
The Trump administration is refusing to reveal details of charges against Assange despite the fact that sources in the US Department of Justice have confirmed to the media that they exist under seal.
“The revelation that the US has initiated a prosecution against Mr Assange has shocked the international community”, the legal submission to the IACHR states. The US government “is required to provide information as to the criminal charges that are imputed to Mr Assange in full”.
The application alleges that US prosecutors have begun approaching people in the US, Germany and Iceland and pressed them to testify against Assange in return for immunity from prosecution.
Those approached, it is said, include people associated with WikiLeaks’ joint publications with other media about US diplomacy, Guantánamo Bay and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Assange’s lawyers say the Trump administration has pressurised Ecuador to hand over Assange, making increasingly overt threats. In December, the New York Times reported that Ecuador’s new president, Lenin Moreno tried to negotiate handing over Mr Assange to the US. in exchange for “debt relief”.
The application also highlights what it says are “espionage operations” against Assange in the London embassy.
Julian Assange receives new Australian passport, Julie Bishop played important role, says barrister | Sydney Morning Herald
Fugitive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been issued with a new Australian passport after lengthy negotiations over whether he was subject to an arrest warrant for a "serious foreign offence".
A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official confirmed in a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday that Mr Assange's 2018 application for a new passport had been accepted. Consular and Crisis Management Division first assistant secretary Andrew Todd said, "Mr Assange does have an Australian passport".
The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed Mr Assange received his new Australian passport in September 2018. The passport has gone unreported until now.
It's an important development for Mr Assange amid reports the Ecuadorian government, which has housed him in its London embassy since 2012 after Swedish authorities requested his extradition as a suspect in a rape case, may be preparing to end his political asylum.
Swedish prosecutors announced in 2017 that they had closed the rape investigation.
The new passport makes it possible for Mr Assange to return to Australia. He has been without a passport after his previous one expired several years ago.
Australian barrister and adviser to Mr Assange, Greg Barns, said credit was owed to Australia's former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop, who he said had gone to great lengths to ensure Mr Assange's rights as an Australian citizen were upheld by being granted a passport.
Continued at https://www.smh.com.au/politics/fed...-new-australian-passport-20190221-p50zek.html
That cop looks awfully smug.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is arrested by police at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after they withdraw his asylum
By ALEXANDER ROBERTSON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 10:36, 11 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:56, 11 April 2019
Julian Assange has been arrested by British police after Ecuador withdrew his political asylum after seven years.
The Wikileaks founder has dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in handcuffs by a large group of Met Police officers as stunned protesters watched on.
He is currently in police custody and is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court 'as soon as possible'.
Assange, 47, has been living at the embassy after seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden.
He was held on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 June 2012 when he failed to surrender to the court.
The news of his arrest was confirmed by Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Twitter, who said that 'no on was above the law'.
Writing to Twitter, he said: 'Nearly 7yrs after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK.
'I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & for its professionalism. No one is above the law.'
In a statement, Scotland Yard said: 'Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.
'He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates' Court as soon as is possible.
'The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates' Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum.'
WikiLeaks tweeted: 'URGENT: Ecuador has illigally (sic) terminated Assange political asylum in violation of international law.
'He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy minutes ago.'
Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno said on Twitter: 'In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.'
But how's the cat?
It's clinging on .......................to his chin.
Imagine if Martin Luther King had hidden out in an embassy.
He would have turned everyone round to his way of thinking no doubt. Assange on the other hand made enemies of the embassy personnel by alienating them with his discourteous behaviour among other things.
He should have seen this coming.
Julian Assange: arrested today
video @ link
Trump in 2010: WikiLeaks 'disgraceful,' there 'should be like death penalty or something'
It tasted like chicken apparently.
The Mystery Of Julian Assange's Cat
I am alive and well away from the filthy ass-ange!
WikiLeaks says Julian Assange's cat is safe
“We can confirm that Assange’s cat is safe,” the account tweeted Saturday along with a video of Michi watching news coverage of his haggard-looking owner being hauled out of the building. “Assange asked his lawyers to rescue him from embassy threats in mid-October. They will be reunited in freedom.”
The feline will now “be looked after by friends,” the pal said.
There's a battle brewing over where to send Julian Assange first | VICE News
The WikiLeaks founder, who was arrested Thursday in London after being kicked out of the Ecuadorian Embassy there, is preparing to fight efforts to extradite him to the U.S., where he’s accused of trying to help former Army analyst Chelsea Manning to hack into a secure Pentagon computer system in 2010. A 2018 extradition request from the DOJ was unsealed Thursday, but the White House hasn't commented further.
But investigators in Sweden say they’re considering reopening a 2010 rape case against Assange, and U.K. lawmakers are urging the British government to make him answer those allegations.
More than 70 U.K. lawmakers have signed a letter urging Home Secretary Sajid Javid to force Assange to travel to Sweden, where he is accused of raping a woman during a trip to Stockholm in 2010.
The signatories said they “stand with the victims of sexual violence” and ensure the rape claim against the WikiLeaks founder could be “properly investigated.”
“We do not presume guilt, of course, but we believe due process should be followed and the complainant should see justice be done,” the letter said.
U.K. opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has also urged Javid not to send Assange to the U.S. “for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 in order to avoid extradition to Sweden where he was wanted for questioning. Assange has always denied any wrongdoing on his part, claiming all sexual activity was consensual.
It appears that Assange is now ready to answer investigators’ questions:
“We are absolutely happy to answer those queries if and when they come up,” Jennifer Robinson, one of Assange’s lawyers, told Sky News television about the rape claims. “The key issue at the moment is U.S. extradition, which we have warned about for many years.”
Unsealed docs reveal new details in case against Assange | TheHill
A federal judge on Monday ordered the release of previously sealed documents filed in the case against Julian Assange, offering up new details about the U.S. government's allegations against the WikiLeaks founder.
The original affidavit and criminal complaint were made public in a Virginia federal court for the first time since they were filed in 2017, and they include chat logs between Assange and former U.S. intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
Assange was arrested last week in London at the request of U.S. authorities, after the Ecuadorian government decided to stop allowing Assange to remain in their U.K. embassy. The Justice Department later unsealed its indictment against the WikiLeaks founder.
The U.S. is alleging that Assange sought to help Manning crack a password in order to access a Defense Department network where classified information was stored. They point to chat logs allegedly documenting communication between the two individuals as evidence of the conspiracy.
The affidavit released Monday states that U.S. authorities were able to identify Assange as the person Manning was communicating with through hints he dropped during the chats.
For example, the individual wrote in March 2010 that he enjoyed debates and "[j]ust finished one on the IMMI, and crushed some wretch from the journalists union."
IMMI referred to the Icelandic Modem Media Initiative, a legislative proposal under consideration in Iceland at the time. Assange at that time had recently participated in an event at the University of Iceland that included discussion of the IMMI, according to the court filing.
The affidavit also states the the individual “appeared to have extensive knowledge of WikiLeaks' day-to-day operations, including knowledge of submissions of information to the organization, as well as of financial matters.”
And the person Manning was communicating with said in late March 2010 that they would be traveling to Norway for an investigative journalism conference; Assange spoke at such an event in Norway at that time, according to the filing.
The affidavit states that Manning also believed she was communicating with Assange, but that “it took me four months to confirm that the person i was communicating was in fact Assange."
The document also details WikiLeaks’s release of secret documents obtained by Manning, with the two discussing how to crack a password.
But it notes that "it remains unknown whether Manning and Assange were successful in cracking the password," related to the conspiracy charge Assange is currently facing.
“Investigators have not recovered a response by Manning to Assange's question, and there is no other evidence as to what Assange did, if anything, with respect to the password,” the document states.
Manning was convicted in 2013 on multiple counts, including violations of the Espionage Act and copying and disseminating classified military field reports. She allegedly downloaded four almost complete databases from different U.S. agencies that included sensitive information about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and Guantánamo Bay operations, as well as other State Department cables.
Manning served nearly seven years in prison before former President Obama commuted her sentence.
Assange Affidavit | The Lawfare Institute
WikiLeaks @wikileaks 12 hours ago
US Department of Justice is attempting to build a case against Julian Assange based on the Espionage Act. Convictions under the Espionage Act can be punished by death.
I don't know about the UK, but from Canada that would block any extradition.
Julian Assange gets almost a year in UK prison for skipping bail | CNN
Pamela Anderson visits Assange in jail. I can’t believe I’m posting this.
‘Journalists need to communicate with hackers in order to test their claims, according to Andy Greenberg, Wired writer and author of This Machine Kills Secrets, a history of digital leaks. "I say, 'Well, can you prove it by doing this, or showing this data?'" he said, describing what such interactions typically look like. "And then I think: Wait, did I just conspire with you to hack something?"’
Exclusive: Security reports reveal how Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling
By Marshall Cohen, Kay Guerrero and Arturo Torres, CNN, July 15, 2019
New documents obtained exclusively by CNN reveal that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received in-person deliveries, potentially of hacked materials related to the 2016 US election, during a series of suspicious meetings at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
The documents build on the possibility, raised by special counsel Robert Mueller in his report on Russian meddling, that couriers brought hacked files to Assange at the embassy.
The surveillance reports also describe how Assange turned the embassy into a command center and orchestrated a series of damaging disclosures that rocked the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States.
Despite being confined to the embassy while seeking safe passage to Ecuador, Assange met with Russians and world-class hackers at critical moments, frequently for hours at a time. He also acquired powerful new computing and network hardware to facilitate data transfers just weeks before WikiLeaks received hacked materials from Russian operatives.
These stunning details come from hundreds of surveillance reports compiled for the Ecuadorian government by UC Global, a private Spanish security company, and obtained by CNN. They chronicle Assange's movements and provide an unprecedented window into his life at the embassy. They also add a new dimension to the Mueller report, which cataloged how WikiLeaks helped the Russians undermine the US election.
An Ecuadorian intelligence official told CNN that the surveillance reports are authentic.
The security logs noted that Assange personally managed some of the releases "directly from the embassy" where he lived for nearly seven years. After the election, the private security company prepared an assessment of Assange's allegiances. That report, which included open-source information, concluded there was "no doubt that there is evidence" that Assange had ties to Russian intelligence agencies.
Assange, a native of Australia, has always denied working for the Kremlin and has insisted that the source of the leaks "is not the Russian government and it is not a state party." He also said he would have published damaging information about then-candidate Donald Trump if he had received it.
The US announced criminal charges against Assange earlier this year for his role in the 2010 leaks of secret diplomatic cables and Pentagon war logs, which WikiLeaks got from then-US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. British police yanked Assange from the embassy in April. He is now serving a one-year prison term in London for skipping bail in the UK, while aggressively fighting extradition to the US.
WikiLeaks did not respond to requests for comment. Assange's lawyers declined to comment. Assange maintains his innocence and WikiLeaks says the charges are "the worst attack on press freedom in our lifetime."
Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/15/politics/assange-embassy-exclusive-documents/
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